Everyone is wanting to lose weight and will try different methods to see their weight loss. There are several different weight loss methods out there today however we are going to look at the 3 of the top ones. Three of the biggest weight loss methods that are not effective are diuretics, laxatives, and Ipecac syrup.
What do diuretics do? Diuretics also known as “water pills” make you go to the bathroom since they increase your urine production by removing excess water and salt. If you check your weight on a scale you might see a decrease in pounds, however this is just water weight that you have lost and not fat. Water weight can change daily. Over the counter water pills can actually dehydrate you since they are not monitored by a doctor with the specific dosage and usage. Dehydration may lead to problems with the function of your kidney and liver.
The second method is using a laxative. Laxatives are know for helping your bowel movements, not losing weight or burning fat. Overtime those who use laxatives may find they have issues with their bowel movements due to using them for too long. Bowels can become damaged and some common side effects can include but not limited to dehydration, constipation, electrolyte imbalance, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
Lastly Ipecac syrup has been used in the past to help induce vomiting for accidental poisons. Many individuals have used Ipecac syrup to help achieve weight loss by throwing up their food also known as bulimia nervosa. This can lead to heart and muscle damage including irregular heart beat, breathing problems, seizures, and more.
There are many days we think to ourselves how did I become this overweight. What did I do to cause this, was it the double cheeseburger and fries meal? Our overweight problem is normally due to bad habits overtime not just a few bad days or a bad meal. Check out 7 Habits Being Overweight.
- Lack of exercise each week
Look into doing 2-3 cardio workouts a week for 20-45 minutes each. Also don’t forget to add in the resistance training which helps your body burn fat while building lean muscle tissue. Resistance or strength training should be added in 2-3 times per week for 30-45 minutes.
- Eating out too often
In today’s society we are extremely busy with work, kids, school, and more that when it comes to a meal we just run through fast food, go to a restaurant, or order from delivery places so we don’t have to spend time cooking. Most places we order from are 2-3 portions of a normal size meal and are loaded with sodium and calories. If you find that with your time you can only eat out then only eat half of the portion and take the other home. You can also find several recipes to use with your slow cooker online or with your pressure cooker so that your meal is healthier.
- Going back for seconds and thirds
When filling our plate with food for a meal think of putting less on the plate or using a salad plate instead. This allows us not to overeat and go back for seconds or thirds which will make us feel too full. If we are still hungry wait about 20 minutes so that your brain can process that you just ate. Then if you feel you are still hungry go ahead and have a little bit more but don’t overdo it.
- Everyday fitness
Look at changing a some things in your daily routine to help you burn a few more calories. When you are doing work at your desk, take a few breaks to walk outside and get some air. You can buy a stability ball and use as your chair at work to help your posture and burn more calories instead of relaxing in your chair. If you work at a building with a few floors, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Desserts and sweets
Many that go on a diet to lose weight will ultimately cut out all sweets thinking this will help with the pounds disappearing. In fact, you can still have your favorite chocolate chip cookie or piece of cake however you need to have a smaller portion of it.
- Not hungry but still eating
How many times do we sit down to watch our favorite show or movie and grab something to eat. If we have already had a meal we probably do not need that snack. Most will grab a bag of chips and don’t realize by the end of the show it is completely finished. Many people will eat due to stresses and other reasons not because they are hungry. We need to look at what the reason is or trigger that makes us eat and when we do look for a healthier reward that we can start implementing.
- Meal skipping
Skipping meals whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be harmful to our weightloss goals. At the University of Massachusetts Medical School, researchers found in studies that obesity can be linked to meals being skipped. The study found that those who eat smaller and frequent meals throughout the day were less likely to be overweight. Obese people end up eating large meals but maybe only 1 or 2 a day which may cause a spike in insulin resulting in your blood sugar being stored as fat.
Those who are overweight at the beginning of a weight loss program may find it difficult to break some of these habits that are bad and not helping them be successful. If we take our weight loss journey one day at a time and eat better with exercising healthy we might see a more rewarding experience.